Florida-based singer/songwriter John Ralston releases his debut CD Needle Bed on June 6, but its foundation was laid many years ago. The then-teenaged Ralston poured over records by Beatles, the The Beach Boys, The Band, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, and in turn, began penning songs of his own. "My mom was a folk singer, and she taught me to play guitar," says Ralston about his early years. Even then, he was prolific. "From the first time I learned three chords, I wrote a song. I'm sure it was a really horrible song, but I always kept writing and writing." In the months following the recording of Needle Bed, Ralston put together a band and after only one rehearsal, ventured northward to open a string of shows for another longtime musical cohort, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. "I think the first night we sold close to 300 CDs," Ralston recalls about the initial reaction to the early, limited pressing. This prompted Ralston to look into giving the CD a proper release, and he needed look no further than his friends at Vagrant Records. Ralston will tour in support of the CD, opening for his friends, Dashboard Confessional.
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